Crime

Smiths Station teacher 'doing well' after train collision

A Smiths Station High School science teacher was involved in a train collision Monday near the school but is in satisfactory condition, according to officials.

The train struck Vivian Martin’s dark green SUV shortly after noon. Opelika State Patrol officials were unable to provide further details.

The SUV with an Alabama plate appears to have possibly been struck twice by the train. The most severe damage appearing at the rear of the passenger side and then near the front of the driver’s side.

Lee County Superintendent Mac McCoy said the teacher did not have any serious injuries from the collision. She was airlifted to Midtown Medical Center shortly after the collision.

“I just got word from the principal that’s at the hospital with her that she is doing well,” McCoy said. “There were no broken bones or anything like that.”

McCoy said the intersection where the collision took place is slated to have crossing bars and lights installed by mid-fall.

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